Inadequate Inoculations


On Tuesday, over butternut squash

soup and a half of a steak tartine

(the special at Café 37),

My high school friend lamented her recent bout with shingles.

“It could have been worse! At least I had the shot!” she whined.

I thought of all the shots she had had….

the teenage pregnancy,   the philandering husband,

he husband’s dialysis, the divorce,

the second marriage, the divorce. Lots of shots.


And my own inoculations….different, but definitely  as difficult.

Certainly they should have inoculated me!

Certainly after all those traumas and “learning experiences”

I should have been well- inoculated against the pain and itch of

futile passion.

But sometimes,  I guess, the shots just don’t do it!






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